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With pace, power & skill in abundance, will these 3 Lincoln players cause Sunderland problems?

Ignoring the fact that Lincoln are in poor form, it’s important to recognise that they have some handy forwards who are capable of embarrassing defences on their day. Will they cause Sunderland problems today?

Lincoln City v Southend United - Sky Bet League One Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images

Tyler Walker

19/20 Games/Goals: 13/5

Joining The Imps in pre-season, loanee Tyler Walker made a name for himself by scoring 22 goals for League Two outfit Mansfield Town last term. After declaring he was looking to kick on following his impressive season at Field Mill, Walker is already endearing him to the Lincoln City faithful by bagging five goals in his first eleven games.

The son of former Forest favourite Des Walker, the youngster was thought to be interesting Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Sunderland this summer, but opted to join Danny Cowley at Sincil Bank alongside his Forest team-mate Jorge Grant.

John Akinde

19/20 Games/Goals: 14/3

Signed from Barnet in 2018, John Akinde’s goals helped the Imps to the title last season, ending the campaign as their top scorer. An imposing figure at 6ft5, he’s a real handful with bags of experience across the lower levels of English football, having played for a total of seventeen clubs since his debut for Gravesend and Northfleet all the way back in 2006.

Although he started the season behind Tyler Walker and Jorge Grant in the pecking order, he has recently won his place back in the side and could be the difference between Lincoln gaining their first points on Saturday under new boss Michael Appleton.

Bruno Andrade

19/20 Games/Goals: 11/1

Having came through the same academy as superstar Raheem Sterling, the Portuguese winger was plucked from non-league Boreham Wood and he has blossomed into a key player at Sincil Bank.

Many fans had expected Andrade to make a move into the Championship this term but, unlike his former manager Danny Cowley, he has stayed to help Lincoln gets to grips with the third tier, and began with a bang by scoring a terrific goal against Premier League side Everton in the League Cup (which you can watch below).

Direct and pacey, Andrade hit ten goals last season on the way to Lincoln’s title win and will be a real challenge for Sunderland right back Conor McLaughlin.

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